I find pieces of me everywhere, it seems. Thank you, Essie, for this post. Stop by her blog Nvokechange and introduce yourself.
Did you know that in the U.S. alone, 3 million+ incidences of child abuse are reported involving 6 million or more children? This breaks my heart…because this statistic is based solely on those incidences that have been reported. Imagine all the children affected by abuse whose voices have not been heard…scared and scarred…beaten and defeated…feeling lost and alone.
We learn at a young age that when there is a bad guy, you call the cops. We learn that these bad guys will get in trouble by the authorities. But what do you do when the bad guy is your own father? Your own flesh and blood? You think in your head, I can’t betray my own family. Or at least that’s what I thought.
It’s never easy for a child to open up about something that he or she knows is innately wrong. More often than not, their abuser is…
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